Faegre Baker Daniels

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Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP[1][2]
No. of offices22[3]
No. of attorneysOver 1,300[4]
Major practice areasGeneral Practice
Key peopleTom Froehle and Andrew Kassner, Co- Managing Partners
Gina Kastel, Chief Operating Partner
RevenueGreen Arrow Up.svg $466,000,000 (2015). The firm is among the 50 largest firms in the U.S.[5]
Date foundedFebruary 1, 2020 (2020-02-01) Drinker Faegre (mergers)
1849 (Drinker Biddle & Reath)
1863 (Baker & Daniels)
1886 (Faegre & Benson)
FounderJohn Christian Bullitt
Company typeLimited liability partnership

Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath, also known as Faegre Drinker, is a full-service international law firm, and one of the 75 largest law firms headquartered in the United States.[6] Its most recent incarnation was formed in February 2020 by the merger of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP About this sound/ˈfeɪgriː ˈbeɪkər ˈdænjəlz/  with Drinker Biddle & Reath, a Philadelphia-based law firm whose history stretches back to 1849.[7][8][9] Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, also known as FaegreBD, which had a strong presence in the Midwestern United States, dated back to January 1, 2012, when Faegre & Benson LLP and Baker & Daniels LLP merged. Faegre & Benson was established in Minneapolis in 1886 (originally as "Cobb & Wheelwright") and had grown to be the largest law firm in the Twin Cities. Baker & Daniels was established in Indianapolis as Hendricks & Hord in 1863, and became the second-largest firm in Indiana (behind competing Barnes & Thornburg).

As a full-service international law firm, Faegre Drinker provides legal counseling and litigation to a wide range of clients across many practice areas. Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting, the firm's national advisory and advocacy practice, advises clients public and private clients with consulting services.


Faegre & Benson and Baker & Daniels[edit]

Baker & Daniels LLP

Baker & Daniels was founded as Hendricks & Hord in Indianapolis, Indiana, in 1863. Then-U.S. Senator Thomas A. Hendricks, who later served as Governor of Indiana and Vice President of the United States under Grover Cleveland, partnered with Oscar Hord, a former Indiana Attorney General, to create the new firm. The first Baker at the firm was Conrad Baker, who also served as Governor of Indiana. Later, Albert Baker, the son of Conrad Baker, and Edward Daniels, the first Daniels at the firm, joined the practice. After going through several name changes, the firm became known as Baker & Daniels in 1888. After that, Joseph Daniels, the son of Edward Daniels, joined the firm.[10]

Faegre Baker Daniels[edit]

Faegre & Benson and Baker & Daniels were not immune to the 2008–2012 global recession, which led to changes in the legal economy. Firms like Faegre & Benson and Baker & Daniels had to resort to salary cuts, reduced or delayed hiring and even staff layoffs in some cases.[11] The merger was approved two months later[12] and on January 1, 2012, Faegre & Benson and Baker & Daniels began business operations as Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.[13] The combination was presented as a merger of equals - the combined firm has no official "headquarters" and the leaders of each legacy firm retained a management role. Legacy Faegre chair Andrew Humphrey became managing partner of the combined firm, while legacy Baker & Daniels CEO Thomas Froehle, Jr. became its chief operating partner.[14] Nonetheless, legacy Faegre - the larger firm - was reputed to be the "dominant" firm in the merger.[15]

On July 1, 2013, Faegre Baker Daniels opened a Silicon Valley office, the firm's first new location since the January 2012 merger. The office is located in East Palo Alto, California, and is initially offering intellectual property services. Faegre Baker Daniels has announced plans to add food and agriculture litigation, immigration and privacy law capabilities to the office in the future. In March 2017, Faegre Baker Daniels opened a Los Angeles office. The office offers business, employment, intellectual property and product liability litigation and consulting.[16]

Faegre Baker Daniels reportedly represented USA Gymnastics in the investigation of former team doctor Larry Nassar and participated in reporting Nassar to the FBI during the summer of 2015.[17]

Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath[edit]

In 2020, Faegre Baker Daniels merged with Drinker, Biddle, & Reath to form Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath, its current incarnation.[9]

Practice areas[edit]

Faegre Baker Daniels is a full-service law firm. The firm also includes Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting, a division based in Washington, D.C. that acts as a national advisory and advocacy firm, formed in 1985 to act as a full-service lobbying group.[citation needed]


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